Published by Heyday Books on 2006
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Women, Personal Memoirs
Cultural Writing. Memoir. FARMWORKER'S DAUGHTER is an elegantly written coming-of-age memoir, told through the often unheard voice of a Mexican immigrant girl. Guilbault captures in loving detail the sensations and smells of the scorching desert of Sonora, Mexico, her birthplace and the land most unrelenting yet comforting in her memory. She writes also about the tumultuous era of her high school years in California, where patriotism clashed with antiwar activism surrounding Vietnam and where the tensions within a small, rural community's stance on Cesar Chavez's farm labor movement were less explicit yet equally strong and divisive. FARMWORKER'S DAUGHTER presents an intimate view of the immigrant experience from a distinctly female and bicultural perspective. It is also a memorable portrait of one family's struggle to overcome cultural barriers and preserve the past while embracing a new life in America.